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i'm fredericka whitfield. we begin the hour with the military campaign against afghanistan. and the crash of a u.s. jet claiming the lives of two crew members. according to a military spokesman, an f-15, eagle fighter, crashed this morning in the ghazni province. southeast of kabul in what is described as a relatively peaceful area. the military says the all-weather tactical jet was not brought down by enemy fire, but the actual cause is yet to be determined. the military is investigating and more on this story as the details unfold. the remains of a ninth person may have been found from friday's bombing of the marriott and ritz-carlton hotels in gentleman car tashgs indonesia. authorities think this man, a notorious militant fugitive may be behind the assault. cnn international correspondent, dan rivers, has the latest from djakarta. >> reporter: the police
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investigation continues here in jakarta at the scene of both hotel blasts. the latest information the police have given us, the death toll has risen by one. they are confirming that there are six known hotel guests who died in the twin blasts, three australians, one new zealander, one singaporean, and one local indonesian man. in addition the police have recovered two headless corpses which they believe are possibly the suicide bombers themselves. and they have also found one severed head which doesn't match either of the two headless body. they don't know whether this indicates a possible third terrorist or whether this was in fact another guest. they're working on a dna testing and dental records to match up and find out the identities of the three body. but certainly, the number of injured now is confirmed at 53 including six people from the
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united states, one person from australia, two from holland the two from canada, one from india, two from singapore, one from new zealand. one from norway. a wide range of international people who were in these hotels. there was a big business meeting going on, as regularly goes on friday morning, and tv footage shows a man wheeling a suitcase across the lobby of the marriott heading towards that meeting room. we spoke to one security guard who challenged this man with the suitcase, he managed to persuade the guard to let him pass, saying he had to give something to his boss. and a few minutes later, few second later, the bomb exploded with such devastating results. dan rivers, cnn, jakarta. sequester terry of state hillary clinton says they are painful reminders of fighting terror and extremism worldwide. she says so today on her first
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official visit to india. she eulogized the 166 people killed in last fall's coordinated attacks across mumbay, she says america shares a solidarity with the city and nation as both battle extremists. president obama pushed for health care reform during his weekly address this morning. he is running out of time to get a bill on his desk before congress's august recess. some democrats complain the president is pushing too hard. live at the white house with the president's latest message. >> reporter: president obama is trying to keep the pressure on congress trying to rally lawmakers to try to get this health care bill done. it is not going to be easy. we saw this with the president yesterday. came out. made last minute remarks on health care reform here at the white house. we are going to see this once again next week, wednesday, the president is set to hold a primetime news conference at 9:00 p.m. eastern time. again though, white house knows
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the battle lines here are drawn. there is a a congressional budget office report saying that the democrats' legislation so far would not keep the cost of health care reform down. republicans have really seized on that as a reason to be skeptical. so today in the weekly address, president obama pushed back. >> the same folks who controlled the white house and congress for the past eight years as we ran up record deficits will argue, believe it or not, that health reform will lead to record deficits. that's simply not true. our proposals cut hundreds of billions of dollars in unnecessary spending and unwarranted giveaways to insurance companies in medicare and medicaid. they change incentives so providers will give patients the best care not just the most expensive care. which will mean big savings over time. >> now, we should note it is not just republicans expressing concern over costs it is conservative democrats as well.
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there is also concern from a bipartisan group of key senators when it comes to health care reform. they're basically saying, look, let's slow this process. let's slow the debate down. they think taking additional time is really going to be critical to getting health care reform done effectively. but of course, fredericka, that is not what the obama administration wants. the president himself, has set a deadline, he wants the legislation on his desk, ready to go by august. but that is looking look an increasingly ambitious goal. fred ricka. >> reaction from republicans? >> republicans you might imagine of course, they say the democrats and president are pushing too hard, too fast on this. they say, look, the more americans learn about the democrats' proemz, the more americans are opposed to it. they say that really, what the democrats are pushing for here is just not financially sustainable. take a listen. >> their plan would increase spending by more than $2
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trillion when fully implemented. and would, according to the nonpartisan congressional budget office add additional costs on to an already unsustainable system. it would empower washington, not doctors and patients. and make health care decisions and would impose a new tax on working families during a recession. >> president obama dismisses all that really saying look that is the same old scare tactics that in the past have stopped health care reform. he is going to try to make his case once more coming up wednesday again. the primetime news conference set for 9:00 eastern time. fredericka? >> we'll be covering that live. health care reform one of the many topics he will be delving into during that press conference. elaine, thank you so much. appreciate that. well, he became part of our history as he reported on history being made. >> the eagle has landed. >> ha-ha-ha.
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oh, boy. >> thank you. >> whew. >> the eagle has landed. >> seemingly he enjoyed it every step of the way. walter cronkite's reaction to the moon landing, remembering a broadcasting legend when we come back.
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now to the loss of walter cronkite. the legendary cbs news
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anchorman. died last night. he was 92, our anderson cooper looks back upon a career and man dedicated to delivering the news and all the defining moments along the way. >> the only nation. >> reporter: for so long, for so many of us he was the most trusted man in america. >> and that's the way it is. >> reporter: walter cronkite covered the world in an age of fewer channels and fewer newscasts he changed the world as well. >> looking back on it i think i was so lucky i just happened to fall into the right things at the right time and it worked beautifully. >> reporter: he was born walter leiland cronkite jr. in 1916. he was a beat reporter and football announcer before joining united press in 1939. when the first troops stormed normandy, walter cronkite was there. >> it was, dwight eisenhower told me sitting on this very wall over here, on the 20th anniversary of d-day that he thinks of the grandchildren that these young kids will never have
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and that's something for all of us to think about. >> reporter: when we think about walter cronkite and generations of broadcast journalists have and will continue to, we think about his tenure at cbs, a company he joined in 1950. 12 years later he became the anchor of the "cbs evening news." in that chair, in that role, he came to define what an anchor was. he told america the way it was. who can forget november 22nd, 1963, cronkite reported and reacted to the horror in dallas. >> from dallas, texas, the flash apparently, official, president kennedy died at 1:00 p.m. central standard time, 2:00 eastern standard time, some 38 minutes ago. >> reporter: in 1968, after returning from a trip to vietnam his conclusion maze have helped alter the course of history. >> it seems now more certain than ever that the bloody experience of vietnam is to end in a stalemate. >> reporter: the opinion reached president johnson who reportedly
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said, if i have lost cronkite i have lost middle america. >> his approach to news was, when news happens, get as close to the story as you possibly can and then tell people about it in language that they can understand. walter spoke like the average person. it wasn't all literary flowery kind of language. people don't talk that way. and walter didn't either. >> reporter: walter it seemed was always there. for the moon landing. >> man on the moon. oh, boy. >> thank you. boy. >> reporter: for watergate, the mideast peace break through. he was humble, honest, straight for war and never made himself the story even on a winter day in 1981 when he saint the anchor chair for the last time. >> old anchormen you see don't fade away they just keep coming back for more. and that's the way it is, friday, march 6, 1981. i will be away on assignment. dan rather will be sitting in
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here for the next few years. good night. >> good night, mr. cronkite. good night and godspeed. anderson cooper, cnn, new york. president obama is reacting to the passing of walter cronkite. he has this to say about the newsman once termed the most trusted man in america even in the most trying of circumstances. >> he was the first to share the devastating news of john f. kennedy's assassination, crystallizing the grief of a nation while fighting back tears of his own. he cheered with every american, when we went to the moon. boldly exploring a new frontier. and he brought us all those stories, large and small, which would come to define the 20th send ch century. he was the news. u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton had this to say about walter cronkite's passing shortly after arriving today in mumbai, india. >> i think every american who
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grew up with walter cronkite as i did just feels a great sense of loss today. here we are in india, and i'm thinking about all of the images that made up our history. walter cronkite telling us that president kennedy had died. walter cronkite doing the coverage of the moon landing and walking, 40 years ago. walter cronkite being a presence, almost like a member of the family, year after year. it is a great time to look back and think about someone who played such a major role in explaining what was going on. and did it in a calm, in a fact-based way, without the you know -- embellishments that too often get in the way of really understanding what's going on. he will be greatly missed.
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>> you too are reacting to the passing of walter cronkite. you have been sending your comments on my blog, as well as facebook. take a look at what some of you are saying right now. david says, having spent ten days with no electricity after hurricane betsy, 1965, 5:10 p.m. the power came back on. and there was walter speaking. the world seemed to be okay after that. on my blog, charlie says, his voice allowed you to understand what was happening. when he spoke of things seemingly unbelievable, you would believe it. then jim says, walter cronkite has inspired many of our young people to pursue ham radio, a pursuit which led many scientists, engineers space pioneers to follow their dreams. then on my facebook, i remember cronkite being part of the family. walter cronkite, dead at the age of 92. we continue to share some of your comments on my blog,
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depression affects some 14 million americans. every year. but black americans rarely seek help for it. it is often the stigma of mental illness that keeps them from talking about it. we spoke to one man who is addressing that stigma. >> reporter: sean andrews is much of the strength behind the philadelphia eagles' offensive line. but last summer this 6'4", 330 pound right guard almost side lined himself. >> i talked to my agent. i said i don't think i'm going to training camp. >> you wanted to quit. >> i wanted to give it up. he said there is a chance you could lose a few million. at this point i was so what, rich. >> you didn't care. >> you knew something was wrong. >> i knew something was wrong. >> reporter: that something was clinical depression, an illness andrews says he battled since grade school.
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but he has never talked about it to anyone. >> were you thinking about killing yourself? >> i did have some suicide thoughts. and i was in my truck, i never forget i got up to 140 miles an hour, i was thinking, you know, i don't want to be here. and it's funny just as i -- i was thinking about flipping my vehicle or whatever the case, a picture of my son came across my phone. and the look on his face was, you know, as he didn't know what was going on. the look was, why, dad? you know? it was tough. >> reporter: it stopped you. from killing yourself? >> yeah, uh-huh. >> reporter: for many black men, depression is a dirty secret they keep hidden. they suffer mental illness as much as white men, but seek help for it only half as often. african-american men generally do not run to the therapists office when they have a problem. >> very true. i spook for a lot of
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african-american men. and a lot of guys will agree that we do in a sense have not only this wall up, we feel look we have on this mental armor that we just can't be touched. >> reporter: health experts say societal depression can even be in those who have success. >> you have a job. do you think you have to prove every day that you have to be there. >> these are the kind of things that i think over time take their toll over, psychological well being. >> i love being here. >> reporter: for sean andrews, a childhood marked by poverty and school yard teasing led to feelings of worthlessness that even a multimillion dollar contract couldn't heal. >> in my mind i didn't feel like i made it. i feel like i need to buy the $300,000 car to make me feel like i am successful. i wanted people to think more of me than what i was. >> reporter: author john hed
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wrote a book about his 20-year struggle with depression and said the stigma of mental illness keeps many black men from seeking help. >> there is this fear that if you are struggling that way that you are not living up to what you should be as a black men. the idea of manhood for black men is that you don't struggle with your emotions you barely have emotions. >> reporter: the former surgeon general said it has a cost. >> many people here in the criminal justice system. >> reporter: sean andrews has seen a therapist, is now on medication, and is finally talking. >> i always knew something was wrong with me. i always was an angry person. >> reporter: shining a light on his own pain in the hopes of helping others out of their darkness. soledad o'brien, cnn,
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philadelphia. special correspondent, soledad o'brien will bring us a new look at what it means to be black in america. black in america 2 premieres next week, july 22nd and 22rd only on cnn. strong words from president obama's speech this week to the naacp, the group celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. and the president celebrated it by issuing a new challenge to the nation's children. we have got to say to our children, yes if you are african-american the odds of growing up amid crimes and gangs are higher, yes if you live in a poor neighborhood you will face challenges that somebody in a wealthy suburb does not have to face, but that is not a reason to get bad grades. [ applause ] that's not a rooeason to cut class. that is not a rooeason to give on your education and drop out of school. no one has written your destiny for you.
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your destiny is in your hands. you cannot forget that. that's what we have to teach all of our children. no excuses. >> you know what, president obama had frank talk. it was on board "air force one" and invited a handful of journalists to be there. among them cnn contributor, rolland martin, next hour, he'll be sharing his thoughts what that experience was like, what the dialogue was all about, and what happens from here. then cnn tonight, the first african-american president visits africa. anderson cooper takes his historic journey with president obama, an ac 360 special tonight. 8:00 eastern on cnn. new developments in the investigation into the deaths of melanie and burt billings. what police are finding out. and why it is generating more questions about the motives behind the killings of that florida couple. can make it hard to get enough fiber and key nutrients in your diet. be proactive about your health with...
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stories we are working on right now in the newsroom. an air force jet has crashed in afghanistan, killing four crew men. the f-15 went down before dawn this morning in the province. the military says the crash was not caused by enemy fire. some of the victims of the indonesia hotel bombings have been flown to singapore for treatment. the death toll has risen to 9 including the bombers. tributes are pouring in for walter cronkite. president obama said he was a voice of certainty in an uncertain world. cronkite anchored the news from 1962 to 1981. he passed away last evening at his home in new york. walter cronkite was 92. we're finding out more about the florida couple killed in a home invasion robbery. but the new information isn't making the picture of the crime any clearer.
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cnns david mattingly has the latest on the investigation from pensacola. >> reporter: as the people who knew them best gathered to mourn the violent deaths of bird and melanie billings. the family attorney made an announcement. >> as a result of the intense speculation regarding the motive of the crime, i have been authorized to tell you that the safe that was removed from the billings home contained only children's prescription medications, important family documents, and some jewelry of sentimental value. >> reporter: going public with the items lost in the billings stolen safe was a surprised departure from law enforcement's refusal to comment on evidence. sheriff david morgan, explained the safe's contents had not been made public because that information was valuable when questioning suspects. >> we are very concerned about any misstep that we may take or
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that we may make that would jeopardize the successful prosecution of the individuals that we currently have in custody. >> reporter: the sheriff confirms the stolen staff was buried under a pile of bricks and recovered from the backyard of a home owned by pamela long wiggins, the eighth arrest in the case and the only one to be released on bond. wiggins is described as a friend of the alleged organizer of the deadly robberery, whose past continues to yield allegations of violence. seven years ago his now ex-wife claimed in a restraining order that gonzalez had slapped her, kicked her and burned her with cigarettes. she said he once threatened her saying "i will mangle your body and shoot you in the face." gonzalez denied the allegations and now says he is innocent in this double homicide. authorities say they believe they have recovered the murder weapon, but they won't say if they believe it was gonzalez who pulled the trigger.
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meanwhile, a solemn but touching ceremony as a couple known for their devotion to children with special needs is laid to rest. as albert einstein said our death is not an end if we can live on in our children. they will live on in our hearts forever. >> reporter: so may the lingering question about this case. why did this couple have to die? david mattingly, cnn, pensacola. after four days in the hot seat, the president's supreme court pick might find out tuesday if she has got the job. if confirmed, sonia sotomayor would be the first latina supreme court justice in u.s. history. her chances look pretty good. three gop moderates including the party's senior senator, richard lugar of indiana were quick to throw their support behind her. well one group watching the sotomayor confirmation process very closely -- law students in their third year.
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i sat down with four of them from emory yooft university and university of georgia law school to get their take on this week's hearing. here now is part of our conversation. tuesday will be the vote of -- her confirmation -- if confirmed, will your feelings about her, will your feelings about the bench be any different? >> i don't think so. i think her confirmation really doesn't change the die naming of the court. which is why i think the republicans are putting -- aren't putting up much of a big fight. >> so is confirmation meaningless? >> no it means a lot. it means the first latina woman being confirmed. it means a very callified woman being confirmed. but it doesn't change the dynamic. >> is that disappointing? >> well, i think it is disappointing if this were the -- the last appointment obama is going to make. but i think potentially obama
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will have other appointments to make and having her on the court, clearly now it will be a 5-4 split. but if obama gets another chance to appoint depending on which justice his appointment is replacing it could make a difference. >> how do you see this confirmation if it were to happen on tuesday, meaningful? >> well, for many of the reasons that i think have been brought up in hearings it is unclear what sotomayor will do on the bench entirely. but i tend to agree. i tend to feel like on a lot of the issues that the supreme court will hear, she'll vote very similarly to souter, the court will probably on a lot of issues, wind up 5-4, one way or the other. so just in terms of judicial decision making probably be similar. we have had surprises before. people changing their minds. obviously the beauty or the bad part about it. >> sean, how do you see it? >> tuesday's? >> being that it is a liberal
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justice stepping down, the replacement is -- it's less monumental as as far as changing the -- probably changing how the court will decide decision house splits will come out. so i think that politically, it's been a very interesting process. i don't know if it is going to be as monumental judicially. >> all right, some law students, very analytical about awful this. sonia sotomayor faced questions before the senate judiciary committee. most of the week. most senators seem convinced she will make a good supreme court justice. what do you think? today, at 4:00 p.m. we are breaking down sotomayor's words, what she said, what she didn't say. we are getting your thoughts. your posting your comments on our blog at cnn.com/fredricka.
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we welcome that. want to hear from you on facebook at frederickawhitfield at cnn. and call us too, a new feature, you can leave a voice message calling 877-742-5760. be sure to be part of the discussion today. 4:00 p.m. eastern. of course, i want to share with you some of the comments that we are starting to see on facebook and my blog. all right, on my blog, rj says while she may be qualified to be a judge, doesn't necessarily she is qualified for the highest court. greg says, she talked like a politician. that she talked for several minutes and did not say anything. and n roberts says sotomayor will be one of the best judges this country has ever had. and then on my facebook, nasir says, she promised to base her decision on the constitution. if she keeps her promise she will do well. chris grant on facebook saying she seems to contradict her own
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previous statement from the past. to me that's not what you want in a position such as that. we welcome your comments on facebook and my blog. thank you for contributing to them. we continue to focus on sonia sotomayor and potential confirmation come tuesday at least that is the scheduled time for the confirmation vote. remembering a legend in broadcast news. good evening from the cbs news control center in new york this is walter cronkite reporting. walter cronkite, gone at the age of 92.
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call the number on your screen for free information. he is remembered as the consummate journalist. for nearly two decades he was the face of cbs news. veteran journalist walter cronkite died last night at his home in manhattan after a long illness. he was 92. colleagues, astronauts, even presidents remembering cronkite. >> good evening from the cbs news control center in new york this is walter cronkite reporting. >> in the day when we were all kids and those of us were starting under walter. walter embodied kind of the best of everything and the best you aspired to. there were three networks at that point.
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and walter was the most important man. you lived and died by what he said, how he wanted pieces to be told. you were answerable to walter when walter picked up the phone. you were scared to death. but on the other hand there was a core value in what we did. and you know it was a time when one voice mattered. >> from dallas, texas, the flash apparently official, president kennedy died at 1:00 p.m. central standard time. 2:00 eastern standard time. some 38 minutes ago. >> i remember the moment where he took off his glasses and he looked at the clock and he said, "president kennedy has died." and i, that, that was one of the, the earliest moments that i can remember that i really wanted to pursue a careeren news. then i watched walter all through the -- the days of the apollo space program. and i remember him saying on july 20th, 1969, that man has
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landed on the moon. >> the eagle has landed. roger -- thanks a lot. >> oh, boy. >> thank you. >> boy. >> we're going to be busy for a minute. >> i'm speechless. >> to think he was the most trusted man in america really was an understatement. because at that time, any time anything happened. any time anything bad happened the world turned to walter cronkite not only for news but for reassurance. and he was -- he was not just an icon, but he was, you know, almost look a member of your family. and to think that he is gone now is just such a sad occasion. >> he was -- the consummate television newsman. he had all the credentials to be a writer, an editor, a broadcast er. there was only one walter
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cronkite and there may never be another one. >> being friends with walter cronkite was about as high as you could rise in our business. to be his colleague and his friend was a -- a double blessing. >> walter cronkite's voice gave kred ens and authority to more than just news. he used his voice in a documentary. producer and founder, worked with cronkite on the projects and joins us on the phone from cape cod. so glad you could be with us. sorry under such circumstances. tell me about your memories of walter cronkite. >> hi, how are you. actually i am not as old as some of the people who have much more direct experience with the reality and the myth of walter cronkite. but, you know i was in sixth
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grade when he retired. but i am old enough to remember being in -- in my pajamas in the early 70s playing with trucks on the floor and seeing those -- helicopters swirling over the jungle canopy and hearing that voice, you know that was sort of the nightly narration. so, yeah, when i began this project with walter and worked on the script over many months and then we finally walked into his office, it was certainly with some nervousness as i walked down the hallway. >> give me an idea of what was the first encounter like, you knew him as the myth, bigger than life man, but then when you saw him and you now are face to face, were your knees knocking? give me an idea what kind of butterflies you had in you? >> i was shaking in my boots. we had contact with him over the months before. i started to feel pretty comfortable with what he was. he was really behind the script and worked with us in a very detailed way to shape it into
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something he would be proud of. so i really admired that. a lot of people that would -- you know, a lot of people as famous as he who donate their narration to a project like this. >> do you know how it came about, by the way, how you were able to convince him to depart from news and be the voice in this documentary? >> well, there was a -- a producer on staff who had friend of a friend who knew that walter was -- was crazy about wireless radio. and so we knew someone that knew him. and basically got the word out to him that we were doing a documentary about wireless radio. and it sort of -- this untold story. and he accepted right away to my complete and utter shock. but we, i went into new york with, with several of the crew
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members and ushered up to his floor. at cbs. and i hardly look like the office of a retired man. i must say. he was -- just like any working professional. >> really, meaning it just seemed very down to earth, very ordinary even? >> no it was pretty intimidating. you know, it's right in the center of manhattan. and he has the whole floor. and his staff was extraordinary professional and dedicated to him. and you know they worked 'round-the-clock. this was not a man that was -- you know, moth-balled. so when we walked down the hallway and you hear that voice, your first reaction is someone left the tv on. >> the booming voice. >> when we walked in, it was quite the opposite. he was not intimidating at all. >> that's lovely. well, thank you so much for sharing your experiences. and having this brush with greatness, the greatness of walter cronkite. thank you so much.
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of course, we have been hearing from you as well. so many people have been sharing their memories of walter cronkite. our josh levs going through some of them. i think every one remembers a little something if they were at least old enough to hear him, see him in action. if not, then they at least read about him or knew about him, right? >> days look today i love going to ireport. it is grat to heu great to hear who had the opportunity to work with walter cronkite, meet him. but the vast majority of americans who hold on to the memories of him. knew him as the figure on tv. we got a great ireport from a woman who has a lot to say. >> walter represented for a lot of us a father figure. because i know he was approximately the same age as my father. he was just such a warm and caring person. he made you love him. and he made you trust him.
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what he said and what he did. the world is a much worse place without him. i wish we had more people like walter cronkite. >> a lot of people feel that way. i want to say we have been hearing from people who don't have memories of him back when he was anchor. in the actual anchor chair. younger people including aspiring broadcasters. we got one ireport from one of our frequent ireporters who says that he aspires to be similar and these are his thoughts. >> hey, cnn, the report just came in that walter cronkite has passed away at age 92. as an aspiring journalist and reporter, walter cronkite is someone i looked up to. he was way before my time. however, being an aspiring journalist and reporter, it's someone i have learned so much about. in fact, earlier today i was watching one of his broadcasts on youtube of the moon landing
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which happened 40 years ago this weekend. kind of sad. that was one of his most historical broadcasts along with the assassination of jfk. there are so many more historical. >> yeah, i wanted to show you a 15-second clip. he did send us a long one there. on ireport, people have begun a long discussion about walter cronkite. and interesting what he said. what i wanted to show you was him saying, he had the opportunity to be at a school, has walter cronkite's name on it. he knows walter cronkite cared about the next generation. show you next hour. want to show you this, quickly, ireport.com. send us photos, videos, stories, whatever it takes. this is a handful. the ones we got. seeing photos from people who had a chance to meet him. fred, a lot of people saying how much he touched their lives. such a reminder, while we can hear from big wigs and famous people who knew him. in the end it was everyday americans all over the country look all of us so affected by his work.
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>> everyone was impacted in some way, shape, form. josh levs, thank you so much. bringing new technology to the poorest areas of ghana. one man's mission. how he is doing it one computer at a time.
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inspired by missionaries and immigrants from ghana, decided to make a difference. one computer at a time. he turned his maryland garage into a workshop where he fixes donated computes for students back in his native country. today's "impact your world" segment. >> reporter: by day, he is part of what is known as the geek squad. installing and fixing electronics for his best buy retail store in washington, d.c. but this mild-mannered man from
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ghana has another identity. founder and head of entire village computers organization or evco for short. >> just wanted children here to move ahead with the computers. >> since 2005, villages received 120 computers from evco. and each device comes with a warranty of sorts. evco maintains and fixes every donated computer for three years after delivery. geek squad member by night, evco philanthropist by night, and he is hoping to make an even greater in pact in the future. for "impact your world."
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is the weather wild or mild in your part uh the country? let's take a look. well right there it is pretty mild in jacqui's world. she will be with us with some answers.
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stories we are following -- the hunt is on more 100,000 pythons slithering across florida's everglade. they have no natural predators and they're eating bird and other animals that are native to the everglade. the oscar meyer weiner mobile, got itself into a pickle when it crashed into a wisconsin home. police say the driver thought he had the giant hot dog in reverse, but instead it was in drive. not a moment she will relish, no one was hurt. all right. a thief who broke into a car in north dakota took the owner's driver's license and credit card and left a nice note behind actually. it said the victim had amazing taste in music and advised him to lock his car in the future. they're hard at work in zero gravity. take a look right now. live pictures of two space
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shuttle "endeavour" astronauts, installing a piece on the international space station. like a big porch that will allow residents to conduct outdoor experiments if they want. getting the piece in place is of course, pretty involved effort, very tricky there. astronauts are using robotic arms from the space station and the shuttle. this is the first of five planned space walks for the crew. amazing pictures. all right, jacqui jeras in the weather center with some pretty remarkable pictures of the country as well. and in terms of, some unpredictable weather, not unpredictable to you, you know how to do that. but for the rest of us, pretty unpredictable. >> we have been telling you a week now, fred. thank you for the vote of confidence. >> you know i have always got your back. >> oh, yeah. wasn't it fantastic. did you open your windows this morning? yes. >> yes, beautiful. i loved it. >> open windows in july in georgia. yes, doesn't happen every day. record lows really from the midwest down through the deep sout

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